A Federal High Court in Abuja has sentenced a kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, also known as Wadume to seven years imprisonment.
Wadume was convicted of two of the 13-count charge against him and two others, among which was an escape from lawful custody and unlawfully dealing in prohibited firearms.
Justice Binta Nyako’s judgment was delivered on July 22 and made available to journalists on Sunday.
Wadume, a suspected Nigerian kidnap for ransom kingpin, based in Taraba State but operated across the Northeast, was arrested in August 2019 by the Nigerian Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
The Court also convicted Aliyu Dadje, a police inspector, who was the station officer at the police headquarters at Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba State, to three years’ imprisonment for tampering with the record to conceal a crime.
Others charged with Wadume and Dadje are Auwalu Bala (aka Omo Razor), Uba Bala (aka Uba Delu), Bashir Waziri (aka Baba Runs), Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho), and Rayyanu Abdul.
They were arraigned by the Attorney General of the Federation with charges of kidnapping, murder, terrorism, and illegal arms.